Reviews: Game - The R.E.D. Album

Published in the Sept 1-7, 2011 issue of NOW Magazine

Game - The R.E.D. Album (Interscope) By Anupa Mistry NN

Credit is due to Compton, California, rapper Game. He’s managed to sustain an eight-year career, though nobody really knows how. His 2005 debut, The Documentary, was strong (with effort, he’s not a bad rapper), but since then he’s coasted on albums pumped up with all-star collaborations, beef upon beef and a long-standing Dr. Dre affiliation.

The credits on his 21-song fourth LP reveal a conspicuously muscular guest list: Snoop Dogg, Dre, Lil Wayne, Tyler, the Creator, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown. Four Canadians also appear: Drake, Nelly Furtado, Luu Breeze and producer Boi-1da. We’re seven songs in before Game finally raps solo, albeit explosively, on the Boyz n the Hood-referencing Ricky.

The features wouldn’t be so bad if Game didn’t yield to the wattage and personalities of his co-stars. (Again, he can rap when he tries.) Used as a constant crutch, however, they quell his ferocity.

Top track: Martians Vs. Goblins, featuring Lil Wayne and Tyler, the Creator